Still on my orange juice kick, this seems like the perfect cocktail to try…
Pre-prohibition cocktails all have numerous attributions regarding their origins. The Bronx Cocktail, a very well-known pre-prohibition libation is no different. There were no fewer than six possible origins for the cocktail noted in various sources.
The citation that I feel carries the most credibility is one that appears in William “Cocktail” Boothby’s 1908 tome, The World’s Drinks and How to Mix them. Listed as “Bronx Cocktail, Boothby attributes Billy Malloy, Pittsburgh, PA with the original recipe: “one-third Plymouth gin, one-third French vermouth and one-third Italian vermouth, flavored with two dashes of Orange bitters, about a barspoon of orange juice and a squeeze of orange peel. Serve very cold.”
In looking in more contemporary references, one finds this adaptation, which I like the best:
1 oz. of Orange Juice
1/2 oz. of Sweet vermouth
1/2 oz. of Dry vermouth
2 oz. of Gin (London Dry)
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with cracked ice. Stir and strain into chilled cocktail glass.